EL CENTRO — Patrol Sgt. James Thompson of the El Centro Police Department listens patiently as a homeless man called Coy explains why he’s not quite ready to abandon living amid a mound of debris collected around a makeshift tent near a bridge on Interstate 8.
Thompson has suggested that Coy check himself into a rehabilitation program such as faith-based New Creations. Coy is politely having none of it. “I think I’d like to try and do it on my own for a while,” he said.